37 Best Things We Saw at CMA Music Fest 2014From Miranda Lambert's sass to Richie Sambora's surprise, what entertained us most at country's biggest festival
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Best Sideman: Luke Bryan's Guitarist, Michael Carter
With all the in-da-club bass of Luke Bryan's current live show, it's easy to overlook the nimble guitar work of his bandleader, Michael Carter. During Bryan's Thursday night slot at LP Field, the spiky-haired Carter — who has also scored hits as a songwriter with Thomas Rhett's "Get Me Some of That" and Craig Campbell's "Outta My Head" — proved just how integral his playing is to his boss's sound. It was especially evident on such vintage Bryan tracks as "Rain Is a Good Thing," which, bolstered by Carter's crisp solo, far and away eclipsed anything from Crash My Party in Bryan's LP set.